To quote Scottish poet Robert Burns, “we’ve wandered many a weary foot” this year. In the spirit of taking a final glance back at 2016 before looking forward to all the potential and possibilities of the new year, we present this video auld lang syne. It shows just a few of the the things we accomplished over the course of the year, all made possible thanks to the generosity of supporters like you–and there’s still time to make a difference! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation before midnight on Saturday, December 31….
Let’s face it, 2016 has been a bumpy ride. Many people are counting down the days until the New Year, but as historians, we must point out the usefulness of looking back, as well as forward. To help motivate you for the year ahead, here are some of the quote memes, featuring thought-provoking words from our Founders, that were designed and posted to our social media channels in 2016. …
From our special little lamb Edmund who stole the hearts of so many, to the nostalgic resurrection of America’s favorite doll Felicity, to the unexpected controversy over 18th-century necklines—it was a memorable year, to say the least, for the Making History Team. Here’s what you, our readers, found the most interesting of all the topics we covered….
So your shopping is done (show-off!), the presents are wrapped, and the family is dangerously close to channel surfing. What to do? Why not spend part of your Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day, with us? There’s a festive atmosphere, amazing decorations, and full slate of family-friendly activities on tap. Here’s a guide that might help….
Today we call them cookies, but in the 18th century (and still today, if you’re British) they were known as “biscuits.” To give you a taste of colonial Virginia, we’ve teamed up with Historic Foodways Apprentice Tyler Wilson to bring you three different biscuit recipes, all with varying levels of difficulty, to try with your family this holiday season.
For the next several months your ticket to the Art Museums at Colonial Williamsburg will come with a side of archaeology! Undeterred by the winter cold, archaeologists are excavating the site of the Galt Cottage, located in what is, today, the Museums parking lot. Had you visited the Galt cottage in the 18th century, however, you would have found it tucked conveniently behind the Public Hospital, at the edge of a ravine….
Chances are that by now, you have your Christmas Day (or Christmas Eve, depending on tradition) dinner menu planned. But have you thought about breakfast? Or how about some festive cocktails to enjoy after all that hard work of opening presents? Here are some delicious ideas from our chefs at the Williamsburg Lodge and Williamsburg Inn.
Shopping for a history buff? Step away from the “I Didn’t Know What to Get You, So Here, Buy Yourself a Book” gift card. I’ve got you covered….